Huge crowds turn out for magical Christmas lights switch-on event

Thousands of people flocked to Lisburn city centre on Thursday evening (November 17) for the big Christmas lights switch-on.

People of all ages braved the cold winter weather as they lined Bow Street and Market Square to watch the magical Christmas lantern parade.

Getting into the festive spirit at the big Christmas lights switch-on event in the city centre.

Getting into the festive spirit at the big Christmas lights switch-on event in the city centre.

The council-organised event saw Dynamic Brass Band and pupils from Harmony Hill Primary School entertain the crowds before Mayor Brian Bloomfield flicked the switch to turn on the Christmas lights.

Gransha Youth and SERC Performing Arts students were joined by pupils from Ballymacash Primary, Brownlee Primary, Carr Primary, Largymore Primary, St Aloysius Primary and Tonagh Primary in the magical lantern parade, which signalled the arrival of the main man himself, Santa Claus.

The parade, which was broadcast live on the Ulster Star Facebook page, got a great reaction on social media, with people watching online in places as far away as Sweden and Australia.

• Check out the parade video on the Ulster Star Facebook page